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American Subcontractors Association New Mexico Member Luncheon will be held from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m. on Thursday at the Courtyard Marriott Journal Center, 5151 Journal Center NE. The featured presentation will be Risky Business – The Construction Sequel: Risk from the Construction Owner’s Point of View and How It Impacts You, featuring Kevin Yearout, Yearout Cos.; Denise Mello, Sealant Specialiss Inc.; Ray Smith, Klinger Constructors LLC; Sean Calvert, Esq., Calvert Menicucci PC; Clarke Cagle, Atkinson & Co. CPAs; and Sam Conlee, USI Southwest Inc. The registration fee is $32 for members and $45 for others. For advance registration or additional information, call 505-220-7024; email; or visit


Vanessa Caudill

Vanessa Caudill has opened a new Allstate Insurance Co. office at 11819 Menaul NE, Suite A, in Albuquerque. Caudill’s independently owned and operated agency sells auto, property, commercial and life insurance as well as an array of financial services. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; and by advance appointment on Saturdays. For additional information, call 505-275-1042.


Christopher McGinnis

Christopher McGinnis has joined Sauce Pizza & Wine as general manager for the new Winrock location which will open in July. McGinnis previously worked at Slice Parlor and has extensive experience in the restaurant industry and also previously worked for Ancient Spirits Bar and Grille; Scalo and Savoy. He attended culinary school at Central New Mexico Community College.

Associate Attorney Edmund Perea has joined the Albuquerque office of Cordell & Cordell. Perea is licensed to practice in New Mexico.

Richard Landry has joined Summit Electric Supply as leader of the company’s South Texas District. Landry previously worked as a location manager for an international wire and cable distributor. He has a bachelor’s degree from Louisiana State University.

Equality New Mexico (EQNM) has hired two co-directors. They are:

Adrian N. Carver, co-director, policy and development. Carver previously directed programs at a youth-serving organization. He also previously worked as an organizational consultant, and in major fund development.

Ophelia Hu Kinney

Ophelia Hu Kinney, co-director, programs and outreach. Hu Kinney previously worked as a grants manager for a midsize community development nonprofit in Maine; as a program manager for a literacy organization on the Navajo Nation; and as an advocate for higher education on behalf of the Office of the First Lady of the Navajo Nation. She has a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College; and a master’s degree from Yale University.


Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson

New Mexico State Rep. Elizabeth “Liz” Thomson has been accepted into the National Conference of State Legislatures Early Learning Fellows Program. The NCSL’s Early Learning Fellows Program brings together legislators and legislative staff from all over the country to work together and expand their knowledge of early childhood education. The program aims to equip experienced and emerging legislative leaders with tools such as background research and bill drafting ideas that will allow them to develop early learning policies that will work in their states.

CSI Aviation, a New Mexico-based, international air charter and aviation logistics company, has received the Pro Patria Award from the New Mexico Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, the state committee charged with supporting the United States’ part-time citizen-soldiers in the workplace. CSI Aviation received the award for its exceptional support for employees who serve in the National Guard and Reserve. The award is presented annually to one small, one large, and one public-sector employer in the state.

Family Friendly New Mexico, a nonprofit program that recognizes New Mexico businesses with family friendly policies, has announced that five companies have earned the highest recognition for having policies that help workers balance work and family. The distinction means the employers recognized have four or more policies in the areas of paid leave, health support, work schedules and economic support. Companies recognized as Gold Level Awardees are: CHRISTUS St. Vincent, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails, Mama’s Minerals Inc., Office of the N.M. Secretary of State, and the The Verdes Foundation.

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